Arrowtrown, at the foot of the Crown Range, a truly lovely, preserved old town. It formed in the 1860s, populated by European and Chinese gold miners, some of whom left when the takings dried up, moving onto the west coast. But others stayed and the town survived as a farming community. Ups and downs – fortunately, it was too poor to “modernise” in the mid 20th century, so virtually the entire town centre was left untouched. When it started to become a popular tourist destination, the old buildings were snapped up and restored – they are all still in use and I am sure that Arrowtown today looks better than it ever has in its history.
This is another mighty view from the Crown Range Road.
Here is a slide show of the village centre. I have some of the old mining quarters and gaol, but can’t seem to find them at the moment…